Principles for Great Organizational Success
“If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but wisdom brings success.” (Ecclesiastes 10:10)
Success in leadership doesn’t usually happen by chance. It is part of a strategic approach to life and business that yields lasting rewards. To walk in a greater level of success as a leader and organization, we must follow these principles of success:
1. Do something different. It has been said that if you want something you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. Examine your methods of doing things. Are they working? Are you accomplishing your goals? Is your vision being fulfilled? If not, re-think, restructure, refresh, reenergize, your plan and make adjustments as necessary.
Romans 12:2 NKJV – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”Albert Einstein
2. Don’t be afraid of change. The natural tendency of a person, when they find themselves in a hole, is to dig deeper. Sometimes doing exactly the opposite of what you have been doing up till now can turn out to be the perfect solution. Remember, when you find yourself in a hole the way to get out is to stop digging
Psalm 37:3-4 NIV – Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.4 Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
•Reasons Why People Resist Change
1. Fear: The unknown is a threat to people’s comfort zones
2. Insecurity: People may think they will be worse off after the changes
3. Power: People sense the change may cause them to lose power
4. Inertia: It is easier to maintain the status quo
5. Energy: It takes a lot of work to change things
“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. H. L. Hunt
3. Work harmoniously with others. Our interactions, our responses, our attitudes, all reflect whether we will be successful or unsuccessful. You will never be able to accomplish alone what you could accomplish with the help of others. Don’t isolate yourself from those around you, but connect yourself with those divine relationships God brings into your life.
Eph. 4:1-3 NIV – As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
“Power consists in one’s capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.”Woodrow Wilson
4. Help others achieve their goals. The principle of sowing and reaping is not just in your tithes and offerings. If you want to gain success, help someone else achieve their success. Many times, if you will minister to someone else when you feel inadequate, you will see your own answer come to you.
Eccl. 4:9 NIV – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
“You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.” General H. Norman Schwarzkopf